November 1, 2011
Coal Ash Spill in Wisconsin
The coal ash spill in southeastern Wisconsin that poured heavy metals and toxicants into Lake Michigan poses potentially serious health risks to the communities in the area.
August 4, 2011
The Last Mountain - cosponsored by AZ PSR
Sundance Film Festival award winning film about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - brought together by the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce
August 4, 2011
Health Externalities of Coal
10 Minute presentation for public Access TV on the human halth effects of coal burning waste and emissions
Source: Access Tucson
July 25, 2011
Study ranks air pollution from coal and oil-fired power plants
Pediatrician Dr. Lynn Ringenberg of PSR Tampa Bay discusses the health threats of coal pollution.
Source: Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2011
PSR doctors raise warnings over "Toxic 20" States with Most Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants
PSR joined with the Natural Resources Defense Council in releasing a study that identifies the states with the most toxic air pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants.
July 19, 2011
Activists deliver support for EPA mercury rule
Activists from PSR and other organizations delivered more than 630,000 comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in Boston today to support the agency’s draft rules to significantly curb mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Source: Boston Globe
May 22, 2011
Demanding cleaner air will reduce health care costs
Under the Clean Air Act, for each dollar spent to clean our air there has been a health care cost savings of about $44 – and there are still dollars to be saved. PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood does the math in an op-ed.
Source: Buffalo News
April 7, 2011
Concern Grows About Coal Export Facility Slated for Longview
As the number of coal fired power plants worldwide has increased, so too has the demand for coal. A coal export facility has been proposed for Longview, Washington, and health experts and environmentalists are expressing grave concern.
March 31, 2011
Muscatine, Iowa: Pretty setting, but dirty air
Iowa PSR's Dr. Maureen McCue discusses the air pollution problem in Muscatine.
Source: Star Tribune
March 25, 2011
Wind Blows Coal Away
Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN, Director of Environmental Health Programs provided expert testimony at the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate this month.
March 17, 2011
PSR Celebrates EPA Action to Dangerous Air Toxins from Coal and Oil-Fired Power Plants
PSR welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release today of a proposed update to air quality standards that will limit the emission of lethal air toxics from power plants.
March 7, 2011
PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant
Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.
March 2, 2011
Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually
A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity.
February 17, 2011
Stop Washington state coal-energy production
Energy policy is health policy, writes PSR member Dr. Howard Frumkin in this op-ed.
Source: Seattle Times
February 15, 2011
Opponents square off over Wash.'s coal-fired plant
Dr. Alexander Hamling, a Washington PSR board member, warns of the public health dangers from coal pollution.
Source: Seattle Times
February 9, 2011
PSR Releases New Report on Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash
In a just-released report, PSR and two environmental organizations have revealed that most of the chromium that leaches from coal ash into ground and surface water takes the form of highly carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Long known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, hexavalent chromium has been shown to cause stomach cancer in humans, and intestinal and oral cancers in laboratory animals, when ingested in water.
February 4, 2011
Carcinogen tied to coal ash pollution
A new report from environmental and social justice groups reports that hexavalent chromium, a chemical linked to cancer, is regularly leached from coal ash sites. The report, “EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash,” is a collaboration of the law firm Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Beckley Register-Herald
February 4, 2011
WPSR and others say NO MORE COAL!
A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.
February 3, 2011
Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal
A report released this week titled "EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash" was produced with Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Facing South
February 2, 2011
Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report co-authored by PSR.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette